Partner

Bio

Kerry is originally from Saskatoon and attended the University of Saskatchewan. He maintains primarily a litigation practice which focuses on family law matters (divorce, custody, property division, and support issues), civil litigation, criminal law (defending charges under the Criminal Code of Canada and Federal and Provincial Statutes and regulations). In addition, Kerry also assists people with real estate transactions and wills and estates (including estate litigation). In 2008 Kerry was appointed as a Special Prosecutor by the Attorney-General of Manitoba, prosecuting criminal matters on behalf of Manitoba Prosecution Service when a conflict of interest arises within Manitoba Justice. He continues to act in this capacity to the present day. In 2019 Kerry was appointed as Independent Counsel by the Attorney-General of Manitoba, to represent the rights and interests of victims and complainants of certain crimes being prosecuted by Manitoba Prosecution Service.

In 2018 Kerry obtained his call to the Bar in Ontario, succeeding the practice of Gregory Welch in the Kenora area of Ontario. Kerry has appeared in all levels of Court in Manitoba (Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench, and the Court of Appeal) and the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario.

Education

B.A. (Hons.) University of Saskatchewan 1992
J.D. University of Saskatchewan 1995
Call to the Bar of Manitoba in 1996
Call to the Bar of Ontario in 2018

Professional Involvement/Achievements

Member of the Law Society of Manitoba
Member of the Law Society of Ontario
Member of the Criminal Defence Lawyers Association of Manitoba
Member of the Kenora and District Law Association
Course instructor for the Articling Student program of the Law Society of Manitoba

LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT

The law firm of BD Oakes Jardine Kaneski UnRuh LLP acknowledges that we live and work in the territories of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Métis, and Oji-Cree Nations. The firm sits in Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral and traditional homeland of Anishinaabe peoples. Treaty 1, signed in 1871, took this territory from seven local Anishinaabe First Nations to make the land available for settler use and ownership.

This land acknowledgment is about being honest and accurate about the Original Peoples of this land as well as other Indigenous communities who lived and continue to live where the firm presently stands. It is an expression of respect and appreciation for these ancestors, and their present-day relatives, who continue to love and care for the land. This acknowledgment is offered in the belief that doing so will help us to be mindful lawyers, advocates, and citizens of the community we share with indigenous peoples.

We are committed to learning more about the issues shaping the lives of indigenous peoples, and to cultivate and put into practice skills that will contribute to a decolonized, anti-discriminatory future devoid of prejudice and racism. In expressing and enacting our land acknowledgment, we commit to honouring and supporting movements of self-determination and wellbeing led by indigenous guardians, stewards, and protectors of this land that we share. This responsibility includes engaging with, questioning, and critiquing those practices and structures, within and outside our firm, that perpetuate the status quo as it concerns indigenous lands, waters, and people in Manitoba.  Our land acknowledgment is not fixed but living. It is fluid and open to change as we continue to learn.